Pilgrimage to Mecca: Hajj 2017

The Global Education and Peace Network would like to invite you to their program “Pilgrimage to Mecca: Hajj 2017,” on Thursday,   November 16 at 6:30 p.m. to be held at Central Christian Church located at 1504 Villa Road At this program, Samina Ahmed, will explain and show pictures from her August pilgrimage to Mecca. This pilgrimage is the       fifth pillar of Islam. All adult Muslims are required to make this trip once in their life time, if they are capable. She will give out free translations of the Quran and also scarves.

Ahmed is a born Muslim and Global Education and Peace Network member who began speaking in the series at the urging of non-Muslim friends who felt there was a misunderstanding about the religion, particularly after Sept 11, 2001. Ahmed is currently the chairperson of the City of Springfield Human Relations Board, where she has been a member for five years.     Her agenda is to teach peace and that the religion Islam does offer peace. In the past, she worked with her husband, Aijaz Ahmed, MD in his medical practice and they have three children. Her oldest son works as a Hospitalist at Springfield Regional Medical Center. Her daughter graduated from Wittenberg University and is an 8th grade math teacher at the Global Impact Stem Academy. Her other son is currently in his first year of surgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan, but hopes to move back to Springfield, when he completes his residency.

The Global Education and Peace Network started after the City conducted study circles following the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. Their goal is to educate and build bridges across cultures. This year their theme is: “Cultural Celebrations: Spiritual Journeys.” This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nancy Flinchbaugh (937) 324-7696.

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